Many Thanks

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

Fol­low­ing the re­cent tragedy at sea in which Kieran Browne lost his life, near Hook Is­land on 1 July 2013; I was heart­ened to see our com­mu­nity unite and sup­port each other in our time of grief. On be­half of Kieran's fam­ily and many friends I would like to ex­press our grat­i­tude to all of those in­di­vid­u­als (too many to name in­di­vid­u­ally but you know who you are) who ral­lied to­gether in many vi­tal ways to as­sist in putting to­gether what was a truly warm and be­fit­ting farewell cer­e­mony for Kieran, dur­ing which Kieran’s fam­ily (who flew in from Melbourne and Bris­bane) were able to wit­ness first-hand the at­tributes and strength of our com­mu­nity that helped Kieran to de­cide to call the Whit­sun­days his home.

I would es­pe­cially like to recog­nise and per­son­ally thank the fol­low­ing busi­nesses who self­lessly set aside their prof­its and dis­played over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity and strength of char­ac­ter in a time of ad­ver­sity -:

Max Bear and Roy Ban­nis­ter from MARS Char­ters (Hamil­ton Is­land) who gen­er­ously pro­vided a very suit­able ves­sel and crew com­pletely free of charge, to trans­port the fam­ily and close friends to the lo­ca­tion of the Kieran’s ac­ci­dent (which en­abled us all to un­der­stand a lit­tle bet­ter what had hap­pened on that fate­ful night);

Cruise Whit­sun­day and their man­age­ment and staff for the as­sis­tance of­fered and pro­vided by way of pro­fes­sional coun­selling ser­vices for those in need and for pro­vid­ing in­ter-is­land trans­fers etc to the fam­ily and close friends as re­quired, all free of charge, as well as the com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing for those Cruise Whit staff who were emo­tion­ally ef­fected in­clud­ing those whom were un­able to at­tend work at the time;

Cum­ber­land Char­ter Yachts for pro­vid­ing free of charge, one of their beau­ti­ful ves­sels to fa­cil­i­tate spread­ing Kieran's ashes in Fun­nel Bay, with a very spe­cial thank you to Cum­ber­land’s gra­cious skip­per Tony Bell who did an amaz­ing job;

Mag­nums staff and gen­eral man­ager (Ja­son Hick­mott) who gen­er­ously pro­vided the venue in their suit­ably pri­vate up­stairs area for the wake, free of charge, as well as gen­er­ously giv­ing sev­eral hun­dreds of dollars to the bar tab on the night. Dan Harper CANNONVALE

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